Street Photography Week
Eduardo Gajeiro, born in 1923 in Sacavém, Portugal, is one of that country's best photographers. His first photograph was published on the front page of the Portuguese journal Diário de Notícias at twelve years old. Today, nearly eighty years later, he is still working as a freelance photographer.
His is a life full of amazing experiences. He worked at the Fábrica de Loiça de Sacavém in the 1940s and 1950s to document the life of its workers, heavily influencing his decision to become a photojournalist. When he was twenty years old, he collaborated with several magazines and journals including Diário Ilustrado, Eva, Match Magazine and Sábado. He became the official photographer for the National Ballet Company and for the Portuguese Presidence and Parliament. Additionally, he has worked for international companies such as Deutsche Gramophone-Germany, Yamaha-Japan, and Cartier.
Gajeiro is an honorary member of several international photographic organizations. He has received many awards and published several books. Some awards include being the Honorary Master Photographer for the Association of Professional Photographers in 2009, becoming a Knight of the Order of Leopold II in Belgium, and becoming Comander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique.
However, it is Gajeiro's connection with the daily lives of people in the streets of Portugal that has earned him his true fame. He is able to use his camera and lens to bring these streets to life and show us both the beauty and sadness of Portuguese life in all manner of aspects and places. The way he works with light on his black and white photographs is incredible and gives the feeling of actually being there with the people through their enjoyment and suffering.
He work spans decades and generations giving us countless testimonies for future generations to look back on. I hope you have enjoyed this short glimpse into the accomplishments of Eduardo Gajeiro!
Biographic information from: www.eduardogageiro.com/
- LISBON down memory lane
- FAITH View over the sacred